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Oran downs Cooter 5-2 to advance to quarterfinals

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Oran's Blake Carlyle high fives head coach Mitch Wood after the Eagles secured a 5-2 win over the Cooter Wildcats Tuesday afternoon in Class 1 sectionals. Brent Shipman, Staff
COOTER -- Looking for their first trip back to the MSHSAA Show Me Showdown since 2008, the Oran Eagles put themselves one step closer Tuesday afternoon with a 5-2 win over Cooter in Class 1 Sectionals.

"We were all excited to come out and play today," Oran's Tyler Heuring said. "We were all down after getting rained out yesterday, but we came in knowing we had to get the job done and it turned out pretty successful."

With the two teams picking up where they left off on Monday when rain halted play in the third, it was the Eagles who were able to strike first as Alex Heuring started the bottom of the third with a walk.

Moving over to third with one out, Alex Heuring was able to tag up and score on a ball hit deep to centerfield by Tyler Heuring to give Oran the 1-0 advantage.

"We always like to jump on teams first and I think that gave us a boost in our bats and our attitude," Tyler Heuring said.

Coming back in the fourth after holding the Wildcats scoreless in the top of the frame, Seth Ressel was able to kick-off a four-run Oran rally when he lined the first pitch he saw from relief pitcher Jordan Anderson to center, scoring Zac Chasteen from third.

By the end of the inning, the Eagle's had secured a 5-0 lead.

"In high school you may get one good strike an at-bat, so we're always looking for a good pitch," Eagles' coach Mitch Wood said of Ressel's hit. "He's been doing a good job for us all year as a pinch hitter. He did well today."

Still ahead 5-1 heading into the top of the seventh, Oran pitcher Kody Moore was able to retire the first two batters of the frame before Anderson hit a solo shot over the fence in deep center to close Cooter back to within three of the Eagles.

With only one out to work with, however, the Wildcats' No. 5 hitter sent a grounder to the second baseman that was thrown cleanly to first to end the game.

Picking up the win, Kody Moore pitched all 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in relief of Chasteen who had held Cooter scoreless on Monday.

Needing 64 pitches to seal the win, Moore allowed four hits and two walks while striking out four.

Usually getting most of his innings in a starting role, Moore said Tuesday's game felt more like a regular start than a relief appearance.

"I like to think I can come in and throw in any situation," he said. "But I definitely like coming in and starting it from the very beginning.

"Today that was no problem because it felt right at home, like I had come in in the first inning, just like in little league when we played a few less innings."

At the plate, Ressel led a four-hit performance by the Eagles, going 2 for 3 with a run batted in. Dalton Elfrink and Tyler Heuring round out the offense with a single each.

For Cooter, who had five hits on the contest, leadoff hitter Patrick Ward led the charge going 2 for 4 with a double and run scored.

The Wildcats biggest chance of the afternoon came when, down 5-0 in the fifth, they were able to load the bases with one out.

After a fielder's choice scored an initial run, however, a fly ball to left field ended the inning with Cooter still down by four.

"We did that yesterday," Wildcats' coach Allen Crawford said of stranding the bases loaded. "I think we left nine runners on for the entire game yesterday and today. When you leave nine runners on against Oran you're flirting with disaster."

Taking the loss, Zach Watkins pitched both innings for the Wildcats Monday before coming back out and starting on Tuesday. He allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks while striking out four.

"Watkins he throws relief all the time so he's used to pitching everyday," Crawford said of Watkins pitching back-to-back days. "So it wasn't a real issue. He wasn't real sharp, but he still should have been out of trouble. We just couldn't make plays (behind him)."

Oran (21-2) will play Naylor during their Class 1 quarterfinal contest at a time to be determined.

Cooter 000 010 1 - 2 5 2

Oran 001 400 x - 5 4 1

WP -- Kody Moore. LP -- Zach Watkins. 2B -- (C) Patrick Ward, Dustin Franklin. HR -- (C) Jordan Anderson.

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